Robert (Bob) Dean Bevan of Shell Beach, CA passed away July 5th, 2021. He was 74 years of age.
Bob was born in Salem, OR on January 11, 1947 and was raised primarily in southern California. In 1965 at the age of 18 Bob enlisted in The United States Air Force and served during the Vietnam War until 1969. Shortly after returning home from service Bob met the love of his life, Grace Elizabeth (Beth) at a New Year’s Eve party. They married two years later on May 22, 1971 and had just celebrated 50 years of marriage.
Bob has been a long-time resident of the Central Coast of California, moving to the area in 1973 so that he could attend Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Bob graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in September of 1975. During Bob’s college and newlywed years he held several unique jobs to support him and his wife including: delivering phonebooks throughout San Luis Obispo County for $1.50 each, working at train derailment sites on the Cuesta Grade unloading food that had spilled from the trains (the perks of which were endless supplies of Campbell’s soup, sugar and canned peaches). Bob also spent many years in local radio and television, most notably as a model/spokesperson for Mid-State Bank television commercials. The majority of Bob’s career was spent in the home finance industry working for such institutions as Mid-State Bank, Great Western, and Wells Fargo as a home mortgage broker.
Bob was a dedicated and highly involved member of his community, contributing 43 continuous years of service. As a member of Kiwanis of Greater Pismo Beach, he served in many capacities, most notably as President as well as Committee Chair of the Youth Benefit Dinner and Live Auction for 25 years. Bob was also a member the Arroyo Grande Chamber of Commerce for several decades as well as a member and volunteer for the San Luis Obispo YMCA. Bob was an avid golfer and long-term member of the San Luis Obispo Country Club. For many years he organized the Utah Masters Golf Group and Hackers and Duffers Golf Group. He and his wife traveled extensively through out the United States in their motorhome and thoroughly enjoyed the numerous destination golf trips to Palm Desert and Graeagle with other couples’ groups.
Bob is survived by his wife Beth; children Aaron Dean, Ashlie Elizabeth and Matthew Wells Bevan; Sister Rebecca Atkins and numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his sister Christine Bevan Beaulieu.
Celebration of Life services will be held Sunday, September 26th from 1:00pm-4:00pm at the Arroyo Grande Portuguese Hall located at 707 Huasna Rd. Arroyo Grande, CA 93420. Memorial donations can be made to Kiwanis of Greater Pismo Beach and will benefit youth services in our community.
“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein. Robert Dean Bevan was both a man of success and of value. He will truly be missed but never forgotten.
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